FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers came from behind to defeat the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers over the weekend.
The Trackers scored early and often in the first period as Connor Bowie broke the ice at 3:47, assisted by goaltender Dakota Olson. Seven minutes later Curtis Hammond netted his first of two goals in the frame as he finished off a great passing play between Connor Kindrat, Aiden Craig-Steele and himself. Hammond made it 3-1 a minute and thirty-six seconds later, Craig-Steele and Bowie were the setup tandem this time round. Bowie ended the goal spree with ten seconds to play as he finished a give and go sequence with Hammond while shorthanded. The Trackers took a 4-2 lead in the middle stanza.
The home side allowed a total of three shots in the middle frame and all three resulted in goals as they couldn’t find the net on seventeen of their own chances. The team skated into the second intermission down a goal.
At 10:26 of the final frame Nick Loewen bulged twine after finding a loose puck off chances from Kindrat and Bowie to tie the game. Three minutes later Bowie netted his second powerplay tally of the night after some pretty passing between Craig-Steele, Hammond and himself. That stood as the final goal as the Trackers held on for a 6-5 victory.
The line combination of Bowie, Craig-Steele and Hammond combined for 11 points.
“It was one of those games that you were glad it’s over,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “We outshot them 46-11 and came out with the two points to remain in first place in our division. Being down 5-4 heading into the third we were pleased with the boys for being composed and battling back. That was our objective to obtain two points and we succeeded in doing that. Now it’s back to work this week to prepare for Grande Prairie on Sunday.”
With the win, the Trackers improved their record to 18-7-2, one point clear of the second place Peace River Royals for the top spot in the Bouchier Division.
Next up for the team is a date with the Grande Prairie Athletic Club Storm on Sunday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 11:00 a.m.